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JA Leary - Writing Thrillers About Theocracy, History and the Underworld

Mathematician, computer scientist and former software engineer at Kennedy Space Center, JA Leary is an author who literally dreamed up some of the locations in his debut novel, The Angel Hunter. Today, Leary chats with us about how he created the character of Victoria Hunter and how a book that was banned from the Bible inspired the story.

Moran Chaim - Finding Humanity in a Dystopian World

Screenwriter and author Morain Chaim likes to see, hear and smell the scenes in his mind before writing them down. Living in a country where there is continual conflict, he discovered that there are no heroes in the pointless cycle of violence. His debut novel, a dystopian sci-fi, Human Again, touches on this theme, with riveting scenes that keep readers on the edge of their seats. As our author of the day, Chaim talks about Israel, why he picked cryo-freezing as a method to send his hero into the future and in which way his book is a bit of a warning sign.

Howard Shulman - From Bullied Outcast to Successful Family Man

Abandoned by his parents as a baby, bullied and treated as an outcast as a child, Howard Shulman experienced some dark times in his life. This, however did not hold him back from becoming successful and finding love. As our author of the day, Shulman talks about his memoir, Running From the Mirror, how writing it helped him to deal with his childhood trauma and how he found a way to forgive.

D.L. Young - The Republic of Texas in a Dystopian World

Award-winning author, D.L. Young, was born and raised in Texas -- which is why it wasn't a weird thing for his imagination to create a sci-fi series set in the dystopian Republic of Texas. With a kick-ass female lead with special abilities, you just can't go wrong and Soledad: Dark Republic Book One has been very well received. Today, Young chats to us about how he is an obsessive planner, why his book contains so many moral dilemmas and why he made Texas an independent nation.

Katlynn Brooke - Epic Fantasy Inspired By Her Own Adventures

Katlynn Brook grew up barefoot in the African bushveld, with her own imagination the richest source of entertainment for herself and her family. When she discovered Tolkien's work, Brooke felt right at home in the world of epic fantasy and started writing her own. Today she chats with us about the first book in her series, The Six and the Crystals of Ialana, how her travels have influenced her work and how she uses dreams in her books.

Colleen J. Shogan - Murder Mystery at Capitol Hill

Having worked there herself, Colleen J. Shogan enjoys using Capitol Hill as the backdrop for some of her books. Stabbing in the Senate is one such a riveting whodunit from her pen that keeps readers guessing right until the end. Today, Shogan reveals how she pulled off creating such a fast-paced book, how she uses red herrings to throw readers off the scent and how she is, in fact, a dog whisperer.

Natalie Wright - Drawn to Stories About the Future and the Paranormal

Natalie Wright has always been fascinated with stories about the future, aliens and the paranormal. This is evident in her work and thanks to her vivid imagination, coupled with a gift for writing, her books have won multiple awards. Today, Wright chats with us about her latest book in the H.A.L.F. series, The Makers, how the stories about grey aliens inspired her and how she keeps the relationships in her books real.

Suzanne Falter and Jack Harvey - Duo Writing Quirky Queer Spy Novels

The world needs more “quirky queer” spy novels, something that cousins Suzanne and Jack are happy to provide. The duo teamed up to write Transformed: San Francisco, a funny thriller that manages to capture the essence of The City by The Bay and its unconventional inhabitants. Today we find out from Suzanne and Jack why Transformed isn’t your average spy novel, what made them combine their storytelling instincts and what we can expect from them next.

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